A field of 10 headed by Select Stable's Repent has been entered for the $500,000 Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park April 6. The grade II event offers a $1-million bonus to the connections of the winner if that horse goes on to capture any Triple Crown race.
The 1 1/8-mile Illinois Derby is the first half of a national $1 "Derby Double" along with the Santa Anita Derby. Both races will be televised live on ESPN during a one-hour "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby" broadcast that airs from 5-6 p.m. EST.
Repent will be ridden by Jerry Bailey. Here's the rest of the field: Pin Oak Stable's Changeintheweather (Mickey Walls), Anderson and Meadowbrook Farm's Fonz's (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), Italo-Erin Stables' One Tuff Fox (Eddie Martin Jr.), Diane and Guy Snowden's Peekskill (Jose Santos), Mercedes Stables' Publication Randall Meier), Stiritz and Zander's Robin Zee (Jeremy Beasley), Russell L. Reineman Stable's War Emblem (Larry Sterling Jr.), Richard Englander's Boston Common (Chris Emigh), and Mancari and Trifler's Secret Command (Shane Laviolette).